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Port of Felixstowe extension opened

The latest extension to the Port of Felixstowe, the UK’s largest container port, has been officially opened following works to expand the ninth berth by 190m.

Volker Stevin and Boskalis Westminster, working under the VSBW joint venture, undertook the £34M project to create the new berth and its approaches, which involved dredging more than 1M.m3 of material to enable a steel piled quay wall to be built.

The reclamation of land back from the sea began in April 2014 with the mobilisation of dredging equipment. A piled cell was constructed and filled during tidal conditions.

Works to the berth also involved the laying of tracks to enable three new ship-to-shore cranes to operate along the extension.

Ian Cussons, project manager for VSBW, said: “We are delighted to have completed the extension which allows the Port of Felixstowe to continue to grow and compete with other ports around the world.

“We utilised a tubular pile design for the extension which reflects the design of the existing berths eight and nine.”

The new extension has increased the combined lengths of berths eight and nine to 920m, giving the port the capability to berth the world’s largest container ships simultaneously.

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